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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Salma Hayek Returns to Her Roots in EVERLY (Review)


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Have you ever sat around and thought "you know, it would be cool if they combined (insert movie here) with (insert another movie here) and just made a crazy badass movie."  I'm sure you have thought this and I do it a lot myself, but we know we'll, likely, never have A) the budget or B) the means to pull it off.  Now what happens when someone who thinks this way actually get the means to pull it off? Then, my friends, you get Everly.

Now please don't take the above as a negative comment on the film, but nor should you take it as blind praise either. This film is a bit tricky, but if you give me a few more minutes of your time to explain I can expound on the pro's and con's of Everly. As always, I will try an keep it as spoiler free as possible.

Everly is about a woman (Salma Hayek) who has been an indentured sex servant for the last four years of her life to a Yakuza boss named Taiko. When an opening for her to escape the life presents itself, she takes it but soon finds it not as easy as she thought it would be . With her traitorous ways revealed, Taiko plans on ending her life that night. But before she meets her impending death, she needs to make sure her mother and daughter are taken care of and can't be hurt by Taiko.

A lot of people are going to chalk this up as inspired solely by Quentin Tarantino but that is a very inaccurate way of labeling the film. You can see throughout Everly inspiration from Robert Rodriguez's Desperado, Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces, Michael Davis' Shoot 'Em Up and just a touch of the Tarantino's Kill Bill sprinkled lightly through out. Does that make it a bad film? No. Good artists borrow, great artists steal and Everly manages to steal some very impressive shots from the aforementioned films, plus some, which culminate in a visually packed, super action film.

The action, special effects and cinematography are excellent and deserve a round of applause for how well everything appears on screen. Steve Gainer does some amazing DP work throughout the film and, visually, the film is perfect. The score is executed rather well, with Bear McCreary at the helm and really sets the tone for each scene, but the soundtrack, at times, is a slight miss (I'll get into later). Salma, playing the title role, shows she is still an actress who can deliver the sexy and asskicking performance that we have been accustomed to since she stepped onto the film making scene, but have been deprived of since 2006's Bandidas.

The praise I have for the film, on a production level, is pretty high , but I do have some problems with the film overall. The major being the story structure. What should be a solid 90 minutes of action is broken up by a few scenes of slow moving dialogue. Dialogue that seems too drawn out or just unnecessary to the task at hand. There are some minor continuity errors, especially when it comes to the elevator and how certain things got on the 6th floor without the use of one. The character of Everly seems to know how to work with weapons, but then sometimes acts as if she didn't just kill 50 people and has no idea what to do. The film is suppose to have a Christmas theme overtone that never really hits the mark and feels weird when Bear's Christmas Carols play over a few of the scenes. To clear that up a bit more, there weren't many visual cues that put you in a "this is Christmas" mindset, which makes those songs a bit off putting. Only one shot felt out of place for the film and had it been another film it might of worked, but Everly getting a glass of water is cut together in an Edgar Wright  montage way. It's hard not to think comedy when you see that type of scene because, for me at least, that is what my brain likens it to. It felt like it instantly became a Wright film for 20 seconds. 

So the film does have some flaws, but everything has its flaws and despite all of that Joe lynch has managed to put a very respectable entry into the Action genre.Overall I say it is, at the very least, worth a rental today. But if you're like me and a sucker for bloody battle scenes, great cinematography, stuff blowing up and can easily get over the weak spots then it is a strong contender for a Blu-ray purchase.

Rating: 7.0/10.0 Stars 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Digging Up The Marrow Trailer

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Finally, after what has felt like years of torture the Digging Up The Marrow trailer has arrived. Marrow has been a labor of love for director Adam Green and artist Alex Pardee for over a year.  Green has really played this close to the vest by not releasing any promotional items for the film until now.

What if the ghastly images and abominations haunting our collective nightmares actually exist? Writer/director Adam Green (Hatchet) sets out to make a documentary exploring this tantalizing premise after being contacted by a mysterious man named William Dekker (Ray Wise). Dekker claims he can prove that “monsters are real” and insists these grotesque creatures are forgotten, hideously deformed humanoids inhabiting a vast, underground metropolis of the damned. Determined to expose the truth, Green embarks on a bone-chilling odyssey and gets more than he bargains for when he dares to go Digging Up the Marrow.

SF: House On Haunted Hill & Tusk

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This week Forest visits a time when William Castle made a career of selling cheap theater stunts to get asses in seats to see House On Haunted Hill. Cory discovers what a walrus man looks like with Kevin Smith's Tusk.

Cory gets his rocks off celebrating the 16-bit era by playing Super Mario World and Zelda: A Link to the Past. Forest views the third and final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Also, the duo ponder what a Zakk Wylde dwarf would look like. And let's not forget the recent Oscar nominations and how they are totally racist. For more Slaughter Film news and reviews, as well as show notes and special events, make sure to visit our website; SlaughterFilm.com.


TIME CODE
00:00 Introduction & Chat
15:19 Forest reviews House On Haunted Hill
29:00 Know Your Horror Trivia
30:00 Cory reviews Tusk - Spoilers between 38:17 to 42:15
46:31 Comments & Conclusion

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Walking Dead Spinoff Spoilers

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Robert Kirkman has managed to keep most of the secrets surrounding the upcoming Walking Dead spinoff series under wraps. Until now. Bleeding Cool got their hands on a copy of the pilot script, dated September 2014. While the information comes from a leaked script, attorneys for the show did contact Bleeding Cool to ask them to remove direct quotes from the script, lending to the authenticity of the document.


SPOILERS FOR THE WALKING DEAD SPINOFF FOLLOW


First up, we have a title (or working title, or possibly episode title): Fear the Walking Dead. As we had heard before, it's now confirmed that this project is definitely a prequel to the universe we know and love on the flagship series. It’s also set in Los Angeles, which had previously been confirmed.

So, how much of a prequel? Judging by the setup and actions in the pilot, it sounds like the show will explore the immediate days following the outbreak and how the world reacted when the undead starting jumping up and eating the living. Apparently, the rumors of zombies start out almost like an urban legend, as the world doesn’t believe it's true — and even the CDC is denying the reports.

The pilot follows the characters we’ve heard about previously, led by star Cliff Curtis as a divorced teacher, along with a guidance counselor (Kim Dickens). The rest of the cast is young, and mostly the teenage children of the teacher and counselor. The pilot also includes a whole lot more family drama than you’ve seen in the main series, as the group is distracted by problems like drugs and infighting before they realize walkers are the real threat.


Will Ferrell Hits Cheerleader In 'Daddy's Home' [Video]


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Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, and more were in New Orleans Wednesday to film a scene for the upcoming movie Daddy's Home. That made for some center court slapstick at halftime of Lakers-Pelicans. Ferrell gave what appeared to be a drunken speech in character:



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

'Jurassic World' Super Bowl Trailer Leaked [VIDEO]


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The second trailer for Jurassic World, which was set to be out during Super Bowl, has been leaked online. A Reddit user posted a video, which was the unedited cut of the second trailer. Although the video has been taken down by Universal Pictures, You better believe we have it HERE!

 The opening scene of the video shows the gyrosphere with the voice-over that says "welcome to Jurassic World." Chris Pratt appears in the next scene saying "It's like taking a stroll through the woods." He is talking to Bryce Dallas Howard in the scene.
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The opening scene of the video shows the gyrosphere with the voice-over that says "welcome to Jurassic World." Chris Pratt appears in the next scene saying "It's like taking a stroll through the woods." He is talking to Bryce Dallas Howard in the scene.

The video appears to be a collection of scenes that the producers intended to put together in the advertisement. The video may not be the final cut of the second trailer. One of the scenes of Chris Pratt shows him trying to pacify the velociraptor dinosaurs.

The video shows additional footage of the scenes already seen by the fans in the first official trailer of "Jurassic World." Fans get a better look at the Indominus Rex dinosaur in the video. One of the scientists can be seen in the video saying that the new dinosaur was designed to be bigger than a Tyrannosaurus rex.

The video also features an action sequence involving a helicopter. The graphics of the Indominus Rex appear to be incomplete in some of the scenes. Viewers get to see the dinosaur trying to escape from the gunfire coming from the helicopter. Viewers also get to see an extended version of the scene where the dinosaur chases Chris Pratt.

The video reveals that thousands of visitors will be trapped on the island in "Jurassic World." Fans of the franchise who enjoyed watching the Mosasaurus in the first trailer, get to see an alternative version of the scene in the new video. The scene includes a voice-over of a man calling the Mosasaurus "shy" and requesting the audience to "give her a hand when she comes out."

The Strain Season 2 Teaser


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The Strain, which is expected to premiere in Summer 2015, is a FX television show about Vampires with an old school twist.

In The Strain second season, the war between humans and vampires continues as The Master continues to follow through on his evil plans. Ephraim Goodweather and Nora Martinez from the Center for Disease Control look desperately for a cure for the virus, which has spread throughout the United States.

Created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan from their series of novels, “The Strain” stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mía Maestro, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde and Richard Sammel. Carlton Cuse returns as executive producer and showrunner for the 13-episode second season.


Monday, January 19, 2015

'Deadpool' To Film In Vancouver


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Deadpool will shoot in Vancouver starting this March. Starring Ryan Reynolds, he will reprise his role as Wade Wilson/Deadpool from 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine for the movie, which has booked two months at North Shore Studios.

The movie is more based on the Joe Kelly run from the late '90s, which took place in Deadpool #1 to #33. Kelly really laid down the foundation for the character and any Deadpool writer worth their salt has been building on his run or outright trying to copy it. Joe Kelly's Deadpool has three main stories in it. One is about a group trying to persuade Deadpool that he's capable of being more than just a hired killer and can potentially save the world. Another is his rivalry with the mysterious and hateful T-Ray, who appears to have some kind of connection to Wade Wilson.

The screenplay is loosely based on the other story, where a man known as Ajax is going around killing old Weapon X experiments with intent on getting his revenge on Deadpool, which plays into Deadpool's own struggle to grab onto his budding morality.